In Q1, battery-powered electric vehicles nearly doubled their market share in the EU, according to the ACEA

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: A Tesla car sits parked at a Tesla Supercharger on September 23, 2020 in Petaluma, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order directing the California Air Resources Board to establish regulations that would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Sales of internal combustion engines would be banned in the state after 2035. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Battery-powered electric cars (BEVs) quadrupled their market share in the European Union in the first quarter, according to industry figures released on Thursday, as the continent’s rollout of models accelerates.

According to figures from the European Carmaker Association (ACEA), BEVs accounted for 10% of total passenger car sales in the EU, exceeding plug-in hybrid electric cars’ 8.9% share.

In the January-March period, 224,145 BEVs were sold across the EU, up from 146,125 in the same period last year.

Hybrid electric vehicles now account for more than a quarter of the market, up from around a fifth last year. Cars powered by gasoline and diesel lost market share throughout the period but still accounted for 52.8 percent of the EU market.